Too delicious to be Whey

At work I like talking to my group of friends about every thing.

I have some friends in Maintenance that work out and know a lot about fitness. So I always go to them about work out advice or even eating plans. Yesterday I was complaining to one of my friends about how much I hate drinking protein shakes. I told him that I hate the chalkiness of the powder and that it never taste like what it says.

He mentioned that I should add some things to my shake instead of the typical milk and ice. So he went on to tell me about one of his daughters favorite protein shakes he makes her.

All you need to add in one banana and some peanut butter. This morning I decided to give it a try and I was pretty happy with the results.

I first put in a little bit of warm water at the bottom to warm up the peanut butter (since its thick). Then I threw in the milk, whey protein mix, and added five ice cubes (you don’t want it watery).

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Close it with the lid and blend. Bam! You got yourself a delicious protein shake.

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Networking for Fun

FIDM always creates flawless events for their grads and students.

It truly makes me proud to be a graduate from that school. They always make you feel missed and welcomed all at the same time.

So this Saturday event was definitely one for the books.

As soon as I saw the boat I was beyond excited to board.

img_5211Right when you board your handed a champagne glass and head to your table.

The food they served was brunch inspired, so you know that I had to get some bacon. My favorite thing I ate there was their french toast. It was warm, soft but firm and went well with champagne. My bf of course had to try a little bit of everything and I don’t blame him. I snuck a few tastes here and there.

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Our table was the best. They were so much fun and very lively.

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When it was time to network we all headed up stairs. The FIDM alumni reprehensive Shay did an amazing job decorating the roof top.

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The wind didn’t stop me from snapping a few pictures of the sea. There was even a nice girl who took this photo of us.

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I had such a great time being surrounded by passionate individuals.

 

IPSY August Glam Bag

Yesterday my IPSY glam bag came in for August.

I’m not going to lie lately I have been very disappointed with my IPSY glam bags. I feel like they really don’t care about what they give their consumer. Before I was just grateful that I was getting to try all these make up products for $10 a month.

But once I got a chance to get monthly bags from Sephora, I noticed the difference. Both bags cost the same amount and yet they are night and day. Sephora just gives you AMAZING things to try out and is the same for everyone (which I love)! No one get something better than the other. While IPSY, I feel gives their best products to those who talk about them more on social media.

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So this month was another month of disappointment. I received two of the same products that already tried. Both of which I thought were okay for drugstore quality. The only thing that I wanted was the make up bag. Which I am beyond excited that they gave me the one I wanted.

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1.OFRA Cosmetics: OFRA x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter

The brand OFRA has disappointed me for the second time. I was given an eye shadow from them and felt like it wasn’t pigmented enough. It wasn’t surprising that I felt the same about their highlighter too. To push it to its limit I even tried spraying some water on my brush to see if it could pick up more color…it didn’t.

 

2.Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics: Neapolitan Palette

The shadows are pretty creamy but I found them to be a little chunky when swatching them. One of the things I do like is that they have a nice shimmer to them. The dark brown color is really pretty if you get it smoothed out.

 

3.Ciaté London: Spinning Teacups

Best nail polish brand I have tried. Normally I stay away from painting my nails because of my daily tasks. They usually start chipping after the first day. But not this brand. I like that I have had it on for 3 day so far and it has not chipped!!

 

4.Pacifica: SUNDREAMS LOTUS INFUSED BRONZER in Sunkissed

Since I visit Whole Foods often I notice what kind of organic beauty products they carry. One brand I can help but sample a spray or dap of lotion is Pacifica.  So I was pretty excited to see that this month I would be trying something out from them. When opening it up I was worried that the color was too dark. But as I tested it out, it was very light and if you wanted to you could build the amount of color. I loved the sunkissed beach look it gave my cheek bones.

 

5.Marc Anthony True Professional: Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment

After trying it out for the second time I thought it was okay. Since I recently cut my hair I don’t need any hair deep treatments. When I used it, it just gave me an oily scalp feeling. I couldn’t stand it and took another shower to wash off the treatment from my hair completely.

Relaxing into the Weekend

Have you ever had a day or week when you were feeling a lack of interest or enthusiasm? Where you have no desire to put any effort into yourself?

Usually when I’m in that mind set its due to a crazy work week. I tend to just throw whatever is appropriate and have a very minimal make up.

But today I woke up with a desire to actually get ready and leave the apartment happy. So I picked a cute, comfy outfit and even applied bronzer. Nothing feels better than when your confidence shines through you and putting in that little effort made a huge difference.

Lately I have been experimenting with many make up techniques and my mood has benefitted from it so much.

This weekend I’m planning on just relaxing and pampering myself. I hope you all get the chance to set aside some time for yourself.

July Sephora Play Review

 

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This months Play theme was Effortless. If summer could pick beauty products it would choose everything that was in this months bag. They had so many goodies that I had no idea what I want to try out first. My mind was completely blown away when I saw the beautyblender blotterazzi. Automatically I thought this is going to be a good Play bag.

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1.NEST Citrine:

If you love NEST perfume as much as I do then you got to get this one. I fell head over heels for the perfume! It smells so lovely and light. This fragrance is the perfect blend for what I am looking for. It’s sexy, dewy, and fresh, and still shows up on my skin. Every whiff was utter bliss, I found myself sniffing my waist throughout the day.

 

2.beautyblender blotterazzi:

With the one beauty blotter I received, I also got a small sample of the blendercleanser in a subscription box. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. I’m heading to Sephora after work today to pick up some more so I can have them at home and at work. It absorbs oil without smudging my makeup around. It also fits perfectly into nooks around my nose, where you’d usually have to smush a blotting paper and mess up your foundation. Love, love, love this thing.

 

3.Ouai Wave Spray:

I’m not a huge fans of the Kardashians but I am a Chrissy Teigen fan. Jen Atkin is the founder and creator of Ouai, she is a hairstylist to many A list celebrities. So when I saw her wave spray I couldn’t help but squeal. The wave spray is amazing! It smells so good and gives my frizzy/wavy/curly hair some hold and keeps the poofiness to a minimum. It also left my hair feeling manageable, not brittle like some salt sprays.

 

4.Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

Since I have oily skin, I have tried many primers that helped control it. After trying several out I always came back to this one. I discovered it when a former Ulta employee told me that this one was by far better than Porefessional by Benefit. When she said that I had to try it immediately. I can honestly say that it did work some amazing blur miracles. I love that it helps control my oil production and minimizes my pores.

 

5.Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer:

I ADORE this bronzer. The color is great, goes on light which is perfect for building up however deep a bronze you’re looking for. Great for my medium/olive complexion and smells like chocolate!

 

6.First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay:

The beginning of this summer was pure hell. I recently got my acne under control from an antibiotic that was prescribed to me. My skin became significantly clearer, to the point where I didn’t need make up. I would have the occasional breakout but when summer came my skin went crazy. I thank the heavens that I got a chance to try this out and control it. I had always heard that this brand created skin miracles. So of course when I tried it I noticed a big difference. The redness went down along with the size of them. It turned an outbreak to a controlled situation. By the next morning there were already some that disappeared.

 

 

 

 

Monday Motivation

After two weeks off from blogging I managed to get myself centered and refocused.

This weekend I spent some time with my sister and my boyfriend. We got the chance to go to the Huntington Library and have a picnic. Since I had never been there before I completely underestimated how massive the gardens are. We got there around two in the afternoon and left at 4:30. You would think that with two hours we would be able to see the whole park…wrong.

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Lotus Garden

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Japanese Garden

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Chinese Garden

The heat in Pasadena was so bad that it completely slowed us down and made us have to stop for water a couple of times. The gardens we were able to see were the Lotus, Jungle and Japanese Garden. But before they kicked us out we were able to catch a glimpse of the Chinese Garden. It was so breathe taking that we decided that we had to come back and see the rest.

With this new month starting I want to take a new approach to my goals this month. Today I will just share with you a quote that has not only inspired my week but my month.

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I wish you all a happy and stress free Monday.

Lots of Love,

Erika

Motivational Monday

Good Morning!

I hope coming back to work on Monday wasn’t too hard. For me this weekend was pretty exciting!

I got invited to attend my boyfriends cousins wedding. So you know what that meant…SHOPPING!

One of my favorite things to do is gift shop. Especially when it comes to gift bags, tissue and wrapping paper. So of course I went to my favorite store (Target) to get them.

The ceremony was so relaxing, I had to take a moment to enjoy it. Since I am Hispanic weddings for us are big and loud. But this one was so intimate and peaceful.

She had her ceremony at the beach and picked the best view.  She wasn’t very traditional which I really liked. I loved that she didn’t care that someone was late or that her husband saw her in her dress. All you left with was the love they truly have for each other.

I loved meeting more of my boyfriends family and catching up with them. But what blew the night away was meeting one of my favorite brands owner. She was just as sweet and lovely as I thought she would be.

So I thought that today’s quote should reflect what people aren’t told often. I found this quote from Free People and thought it captured exactly what I wanted to say.

Suddenly you just know it's time to start something new & trust the magic of new beginnings.:

Hope you have a happy Monday.

Love,

Erika